Lucille  “Sammy” Hartman, age 86, of Evergreen Dr., Greenville, passed away on April 3, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Lucille was born in Chambersburg, PA on July 13, 1930 to Samuel and Emma Dentler. Lucille was her parents’ third child and they were expecting a son to name Samuel. But alas, they had a third daughter and officially named her Lucille. However, she was called Sammy by family and friends throughout her life. She graduated from Chambersburg High School in 1948 as the Class Valedictorian. She attended Shippensburg State College. Afterwards she was hired by the Farmers and Merchants Trust Company as a secretary.  She married Jay L. Hartman on December 27, 1952 in the Park Avenue Brethren Church.

Sammy and Jay lived in Belleville, Illinois, while Jay was serving in the United States Air Force. When Jay was assigned to Guam, Sammy returned to live with her mother in Chambersburg. On completion of Jay’s air force assignment, they moved to Greenville, PA.  With Jay working for Chicago, Bridge, & Iron, Jay and Sammy moved to Naperville, Illinois and Upper St. Clair, PA and finally returned back to Greenville, PA in 1976. In January 1978 she was employed as the Admissions Director of White-Cliff Nursing Home, from which she retired in 1995. Sammy then was a part-time employee of the JL Hartman Co. for many years.

They had five children – John Jay, Susan, Cindy, Lisa, and Patty. Sammy was instrumental in helping her special needs son John learn to walk, trying methods that were new and controversial at the time. Her dedication was evident as she scheduled friends and neighbors to pattern John’s limbs in a walking motion three times each day to form the needed paths in his brain.

Sammy was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Greenville, where she sang in the choir for many years.  She loved many hymns, but her favorite hymn to sing was “Straw Carol” on Christmas Eve.

Sammy adored all 10 of her grandchildren, Ryan, Jonathan, Andrew, Tim, Melissa, Sam, John, Hailey, Madelyn, and Grace.  She loved when she was with them and delighted in their accomplishments.

Sammy loved to play bridge and was a talented piano player. She was a sweet soul who would always lend a helping hand or would make a casserole for a friend. She loved her family, her caregivers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Daffin’s chocolates, and her long-time friend Doris McMinn.  Sammy’s favorite tradition was her goodbye – she would wave to you from the front door as you headed down the road.  She would continue to wave until you waved back and beeped your horn.

Sammy was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, her husband Jay, and her son John Jay.

Memorial contributions can be made to Greenville Symphony Society Inc., at P.O. Box 364, Greenville, PA 16125 or Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl. New York, NY 10001.

A private family funeral service will be held Friday, April 7, 2017 in the Chapel of Shenango Valley Cemetery with Rev. Rex Wasser, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.  There will be no calling hours.



  1. Your Nisky Sister, LP Your Nisky Sister, LP
    April 5, 2017    

    Your Family has been in our thoughts & prayers.
    We are sorry for your loss. We are thankful your Mom is at peace and no longer suffering. She is with your Dad, John Jay, sisters & parents. Her Obituary Tribute is Beautiful life Well lived. Let her memories live on in your heart.

    Much Love and Big HUGZ,

  2. Andy Moreland Andy Moreland
    April 5, 2017    

    Susan I was so sorry to read of Sammys passing. She sang in my choir at First Methodist for several years. My prayers are with you and your family

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 6, 2017    

    Bob and I send our sincere sympathy to all of you from Aurora Ohio near all of our girls thanks for the symphony.

    Barbara Davis

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 6, 2017    

    Patty. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.. Kevin and Heidi Hause

  5. Joy Peterson Joy Peterson
    April 6, 2017    

    For All the Hartman Girls
    I’m so sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing but also relieved to know she’s at peace. So many memories of Sammy’s bundt cakes, her love for her cats and her gentle sense of humor. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

  6. Lori Miller Lori Miller
    April 6, 2017    

    The Hartman Family I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Hartman she was a special lady. Thoughts and Prayers to you all during this difficult time.

  7. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 6, 2017    

    A beautiful angel made it into heaven. She was a wonderful lady with a wonderful sense of humor. She was always concerned about others and never lost the ability to say please and thank you even when Her health was failing. She will be dearly missed, but heaven is truly rejoicing.

  8. Norma and Jim Leary Norma and Jim Leary
    April 6, 2017    

    Dear. Dear Susan,, Ryan, Jonathan, Andrew: Keep stout hearts for the steep climb because when parents and grand parent (having known us best and loved us most) leave it puts personal holes in our hearts no on else can fill. Sammy was pretty, smart, capable, busy, helpful and a great mother. I’m sorry I didn’t know her and glad to learn she played the
    piano! Love you all and will always remember how comforting you were to Jim , Nate and me during our plight with
    Tim, Matt and then Jim himself. Life does deal us difficulties along with Himself, family and friends to hug us through.
    Love and hugs, Norma

  9. Donna W Donna W
    April 6, 2017    

    My heart will forever hold the memories of Sammy. A woman of wisdom, grace, courage, strength and determination. I am blessed to have been allowed to share a tiny piece of her life. Love and prayers to her family.

  10. Heather Waltz Heather Waltz
    April 7, 2017    

    Matthew 5:4. My thoughts and prayers to Sue, Cindy, Lisa, Patty and the entire family. Heaven just got even brighter.. Sammy was very special and an amazing lady. She always handled everything with such grace and gratitude and always knew when a bit of humor was much needed. I will forever hold a special place in my heart and in my memories for Miss Sammy. My life was enhanced with her in it and I thank the family for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing lady and family. I miss you Sammy.

    “How lucky am I to have had something that makes saying good bye so hard”–Winnie the Pooh

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